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I'll be there for a week - would like to get data services as well. Any ideas of what I can pick up? It it easy for an Australian citizen to get one?

Asked by Ian C via Site_iconTravellr.com

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    2 Degrees Mobile is probably the best deal

    NZ prepaid mobile is pretty expensive compared with many other countries, but 2 Degrees is cheaper than the competition. Their prepaid SIMs also include data (50c per MB or $6 for 50MB).

    Just buy a SIM card from most supermarkets, newsagents or petrol stations. They don't discriminate against non-Kiwis. They'll even sell SIM cards to an Aussie. about 6 years ago

    Answered by Tim Uden via Site_iconTravellr.com
    • +1 for 2 degrees. Vodafone is pretty expensive, especially if it comes to data plans. Had one of those 3G card for my laptop and they charged $20 for 100MB. DropBear over 5 years ago
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    I was pretty happy with Vodafone and i could use data as well, and i had topped up about 30 bucks for 2 weeks. ofcourse it will depend on your useage. about 6 years ago

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    There's a comprehensive article looking at this here (full disclosure: I wrote it!).

    Travel tech: best prepaid SIM cards for travel to New Zealand

    I think the answer is essentially: it depends. If you are in one of NZ's key cities, then 2Degrees Mobile is good value, but outside the cities, it roams onto Vodafone at a higher cost, and with poorer internet speeds.

    If you're mostly after cheap phone calls back to Australia, Vodafone is good -- it has a $2 capped rate for calls up to 60 minutes. However, its pricing isn't otherwise ideal, and lots of people complain about Vodafone NZ's poor mobile internet speed.

    Telecom New Zealand seems to be the best value and fastest internet option for national use across New Zealand. Its new "XT" network is 3G HSPA like Telstra Next G. The only catch is that your phone needs to support the 850MHz radio frequency in order to get good coverage from Telecom. If your phone is a Telstra handset, it will support this frequency, as it's the same as Telstra Next G.

    Anyway, the article has all the details on which network is best depending on your needs. over 5 years ago

    Answered by Dan Warne via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I'd say 2degrees is pretty good (coverage is somewhat limited though), I'm using it on my iphone and you can buy data packs or text packs or call packs depending on what you're going to use most. Good luck :) over 5 years ago

    Answered by katie leigh (facebook.com/katieleighh) via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Vodafone over 5 years ago

    • yeah, except that you probably have to get a 2nd mortgage on your house if you plan to use the data option daily. DropBear over 5 years ago

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